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New Yorkers who claim Partial Unemployment Benefits should, starting January 24, 2021, report the number of hours worked. Under this new system, unemployed New Yorkers can work up to seven days per week and still receive some unemployment benefits as long as they work fewer than 30 hours and earn no more than $504 in gross pay.
Partial Unemployment benefits are now based on actual hours worked, rather than days worked. The new plan, started on Monday, January 18, 2021, ensures unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week.
The new method of calculating partial benefits is outlined below:
New Yorkers who work between zero and four hours in a week and earn no more than $504 will receive their full unemployment benefit;
New Yorkers who work between four and ten hours in a week and earn no more than $504 will receive 75 percent of their unemployment benefit;
New Yorkers who work between ten and 20 hours in a week and earn no more than $504 will receive half of their unemployment benefit;
New Yorkers who work between 20 and 30 hours in a week and earn no more than $504 will receive 25 percent of their unemployment benefit;
New Yorkers who work over 30 hours in a week, regardless of earnings, will not receive any of their unemployment benefit.
New Yorkers will still be required to submit weekly certifications online or over the phone to receive their benefits each week. However, to allow the DOL to immediately implement this change, claimants will use a formula to convert the number of hours they work into a number of “days” to report when certifying.
When DOL’s certification system asks for the number of days worked, New Yorkers will add together the total number of hours they worked during a given week and use the following chart to determine how their weekly hours worked translates to the number of days they should report when certifying.
When totaling hours for the week, claimants should use a maximum of 10 hours per day, even if they worked more hours during a day.